With over 100 years of combined experience in franchising, businesses development and management, our leadership team is well equipped to foster consistent Metal Supermarkets network growth. From the moment you sign on as a Metal Supermarkets franchisee, our team is putting their experience to work for you, helping you build a profitable, sustainable business.
Stephen Schober – President & CEO
With a passionate dedication to the Metal Supermarkets network and business system, Stephen Schober brings a strategic vision for growing the Metal Supermarkets brand. With over 25 years of leadership experience in retail, wholesale, multilocation and multinational businesses, Stephen understands the importance of developing long-term, mutually-profitable relationships with franchisees as well as constant improvement; two values that have been integral in the rapid expansion of the Metal Supermarkets network in recent years. Stephen was appointed President and CEO of Metal Supermarkets’ predecessor company in 2006, overseeing a management buyout in 2010 and re-establishing the brands core values and commitment to providing world class customer service. In 2018, Stephen was elected a Director of the Canadian Franchise Association. Stephen holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and resides with his family in Etobicoke, Ontario, where he enjoys swimming and curling in his spare time.
Andrew Arminen – Vice President, Franchising
Andrew Arminen joined Metal Supermarkets’ predecessor company in 2001, bringing extensive experience in both corporate and franchise B2B enterprises. As Vice President, Franchising, Andrew’s primary focus is the expansion and development of the Metal Supermarkets network; he is tasked with recruitment and selection of franchise candidates and plays an integral role in new store start-ups. New franchisees reap the benefits of Andrew’s knowledge of the Metal Supermarkets business system, and he is dedicated to ensuring they have the tools they need to succeed when joining the network. Andrew also oversees a variety of support functions, including our expansive list of marketing programs. He holds a BA from Bishop’s University and lives with his wife and daughters in Toronto, Ontario, enjoying a variety of outdoor activities including camping and skiing with his family.
Dean Spokes – Director, Franchise Operations & Support
With over 18 years of franchise operations and management experience with international brands including Krispy Kreme, Cobs Bread and Kelsey’s International, Dean possesses a comprehensive knowledge of what makes franchises successful. Since joining Metal Supermarkets as Director, Franchise Operations & Support in 2014, Dean has embraced the Metal Supermarkets business system and is dedicated to enhancing our proven business system to grow the network and build franchise profitability. He has played an critical role in the development, implementation and enhancement of our proprietary ERP system, MetalTech; a system which helps franchisees manage many aspects of their business. Dean earned a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting at Saint Mary’s University, and now resides with his family in Toronto. He is a soccer player, award winning coach and an avid fan.
Jason Jackson – Operations and Development Manager
Starting out as a delivery driver for the first Metal Supermarkets branch in the mid-90s, Jason Jackson has successfully tackled a variety of positions within the organization. Before joining Metal Supermarkets’ leadership team, Jason was the Manager of our Hamilton, Ontario store, giving him a practical knowledge of what is required to operate an efficient and profitable location. In his current role as Operations and Development Manager, Jason provides dedicated support to new franchisees in all aspects of store operations, ensuring they are firing on all cylinders both before and after opening. Jason also personifies our core value of operating in a safe environment, overseeing workplace safety and training for the network. Jason lives with his family outside Orangeville, Ontario and enjoys hockey, lacrosse, golf and camping.
Along with our Executive team, you will receive ongoing support from experienced Operations, Marketing, I.T. and Accounting personnel to make sure you have the tools to build a profitable business.